46115 Scots Guardsman had the duty and the limelight for standing in for the yet-to-be-finished Flying Scotsman for the task of taking the Olympic flame from York to Thirsk by way of a cabride for the torchbarer. The train left early from York and was soon at Thrisk, being seen enroute.
For the tour of Vip's from York, Darlington etc, the train continued for a tour around the Locomotion: The National Railway Musuem at Shildon being seen at Northallerton. Here, the train shunted to allow the local service train, and 6 times a week Colas Coal train to pass. Finally the tour was dragged back to Eaglescliffe where it was seen again, departing early for York, and scuppering my plans to see it again further away near Yarm.
Certainly a tour that was a bit different, but for a special Olympic reason a one that wont happen again.
All in all a good day and some
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